The US accused China of “public speaking” and breaking protocol at a high-level meeting that opened in Anchorage, Alaska. This is reported by Politico, citing a senior administration official.
“The Chinese delegation, for its part, appears to have arrived with the intention of working for the public, focusing on public theatrical and dramatic gestures rather than the substance of the matter,” the official said. He expressed the view that such “exaggerated diplomatic presentations are aimed at an internal audience.”
In addition, a spokesman for the US administration accused Chinese diplomats of violating protocol. In particular, two minutes were allotted for statements by speakers at the beginning of the first session, but officials from China went beyond this framework.
The first meeting of the Sino-American Dialogue in Alaska ended on the evening of March 18. It was attended by US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, US President Joe Biden's National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, Head of the Office of the CPC Central Committee Foreign Affairs Commission Yang Jiechi and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi.